I often don't have the money to get the perfect gifts and not being a crafty person, lack the talent needed to make them.
I enjoy the get togethers and such; and if Christmas could just be about that, I'd be fine. But it's not....it never is.
It's about the gifts.
Now...I've really cut my gift giving back; and the people I do buy don't get some extravagant gift. Normally something useful that they will use and not overly expensive.
As for me, I don't expect much and thus I'm never disappointed. Even if you're not a religious person, I still think Christmas should be more than just gift giving. I just don't get it.
I haven't put up a tree in my house the past two Christmas's. Too much work for a holiday I stopped enjoying long ago.
Yes, call me Scrooge....but I think The Grinch got it right:
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
Too bad that not everyone can see that.